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Developing an understanding of coercive control and its impacts

Australians are invited to provide their views on draft National Principles to Address Coercive Control, which are now available for public consultation.

Published: 19 September 2022

At the recent Meeting of Attorneys-General, (now referred to as the Standing Council of Attorneys-General) all jurisdictions agreed to take collective action to address family, domestic and sexual violence.

Progressing the National Principles is an important step towards delivering on this commitment.

The National Principles will help to create a shared national understanding of coercive control – a pattern of abusive behaviour that a perpetrator uses to create and keep power over another person or persons.

A shared understanding is critical for improving community awareness of coercive control, and supporting the safety of Australians, particularly women and children.

The consultation process is open to everyone, and I encourage the Australian public to participate in the online survey, and ensure we gather a range of experiences and views.

Consultation will also include targeted roundtable discussions and further advice from an Advisory Group comprised of victim-survivor advocates, family and domestic violence experts, and representatives of people at increased risk of coercive control.

The consultation process closes on Friday 11 November 2022. To access the draft National Principles and respond to the survey, visit the Attorney-General’s Department website.

If you or someone you know is impacted by family, domestic or sexual violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800RESPECT.org.au